July 3, 2019

What are the Eligibility Criteria for U.S. Citizenship?

Getting your green card to become a lawfulpermanent resident of the U.S. is an important moment for many immigrants.However, many people who plan on living in the United States indefinitely maywant to take a further step and apply for U.S. citizenship. Naturalization canbe a proud moment, and it can also provide many practical benefits. Forexample, you can vote, run for public office, and qualify for certain federalbenefits. In addition, you do not have to live in fear of possible deportationif you are arrested or accused of other misconduct.

One of the most common questions ourimmigration attorney in Orange County hears is: Am I eligible for citizenship?This answer, of course, depends on the details of your situation. However, thefollowing are some general eligibility criteria:

  • You are 18 years old or older(minor children under 18 can become citizens if their parent is naturalized)
  • You have had your green card forat least five years (or for three years if your spouse is a U.S. citizen)
  • You did not leave the U.S. forlonger than six months during the past five (or three) years
  • You must be able to demonstrateknowledge of English and United States civics
  • You must be deemed to have goodmoral character
  • You must show an attachment to theU.S. Constitution

There are some exceptions to the timerequirements for having a green card and continuous residency in the U.S., suchas for people who are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than a year. Tolearn about possible exceptions in your case, talk to an experienced OrangeCounty immigration attorney directly.

Discuss Your CitizenshipEligibility with an Immigration Lawyer in Orange County

Brudner Law represents clients throughout thegreen card and naturalization processes. Call 714.794.9366 or contact usonline for more information about our immigration law services.

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